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HVO Media Newsroom

What's happening with Hawaiian volcanoes?

  • Kīlauea Daily Eruption updates—Current information about Kīlauea Volcano's ongoing summit and East Rift Zone eruptions.
  • Mauna Loa weekly updates—Current status of Mauna Loa, which erupted most recently in 1984.
  • Monthly volcano updates—Search for updates on Hawaii's other active volcanoes—Hualālai, Mauna Kea, and Haleakalā.
  • News Releases—Information issued to the local news media when a significant change occurs that affects the active vent or seismic activity.
  • HVO Website—Use this website to learn information about Hawaiian volcanoes, including histories, hazards, monitoring, current activity, and more.
  • USGS Volcano Notification Service—Sign up to receive free email notices about volcanic activity in Hawaii and at other USGS monitored volcanoes.
  • USGS Volcanoes Facebook—Updates about volcanic activity, special events, publications, and fun volcanic facts.
  • USGS Volcanoes Twitter—Similar to USGS Volcanoes Facebook, with additional information shared from partners.
  • USGS Newsroom—Recent and archived Hawaii and national news releases.

USGS-HVO Media Contacts:

Principal Contact
Janet Babb
Geologist/Public Information
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
P.O. Box 51
Bldg. 336, Crater Rim Drive
Hawai‘i National Park, HI 96718
Office: (808) 967-8844

USGS B-Roll Archive
Don Becker
B-roll Archivist, Public Affairs Specialist
USGS Office of Communication and Reports
West 6th Ave. & Kipling St., DFC Bldg. 810 #150
Lakewood, CO 80225-0046
Office: (303) 202-4770
Secondary Contact
Leslie Gordon
USGS Public Information Officer
Office of Communication and Reports (OCAP)
345 Middlefield Road #144
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Office: (650) 329-4006

"Breaking News"—Media Interview and Information Requests

Requests for interviews or information about current volcanic or seismic events/activity in Hawaii can be directed to HVO's principal contact (see above). During heightened volcanic activity, USGS-HVO will strive to provide updated information, photos, and graphics to media as quickly as possible.

Media are encouraged to subscribe to the USGS Volcano Notification Service. When you subscribe, you can choose the types of notifications that you wish to receive via email. For Hawaii media, we suggest signing up for Volcano Activity Notices, Status Reports, Information Statements, and Daily, Weekly, and Monthly updates for all Hawaiian volcanoes. 

HVO photos and videos: Recent and archived photos and video clips of Kīlauea volcanic activity and other Hawaiian volcanoes are posted on the HVO website. New photos are posted following HVO field work, which can be daily, weekly, or bi-weekly, as needed.

HVO imagery is in the public domain and can be freely downloaded from the HVO website (click on an image to open a full resolution copy). Media are asked to please credit any imagery used to the "U.S. Geological Survey."

B-roll video footage of Hawaiian lava flows and other volcanic activity can be requested from the USGS Archivist, Don Becker, (303) 202-4770 or

HVO maps: Current and past maps showing the progress of Kīlauea Volcano's current lava flow are posted on the HVO website. These maps are public domain and can be freely downloaded.

Information for Documentary Filmmakers

Due to worldwide interest in active volcanoes and the scientists who monitor them, HVO receives a large number of media requests. In evaluating media requests, HVO prioritizes projects that meet the following criteria: (1) feature or focus on HVO staff scientists and their work, (2) support and/or promote HVO's mission, and (3) provide a unique presentation of HVO and its work.

Interviews with HVO scientists can be requested by submitting an "HVO Media Request Form," which can be obtained through HVO's principal contact (see above). A request for a single, brief interview should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the proposed interview. Requests for more complex projects involving multiple interviews, scientists, and/or locations should be submitted at least 4 weeks in advance.

B-roll video footage of Hawaiian lava flows and other volcanic activity can be requested from the USGS Archivist, Don Becker, (303) 202-4770 or Recent and archived photos and video clips of Hawaiian volcanic activity are also posted in our various "Multimedia" sections, e.g. Kīlauea's recent image chronology.

Media Resources